2) The universe began to existThis video is a great summary of the scientific discoveries that led to the realization that the universe really did begin to exist. Take a look:
It's a pretty simple thing to grasp: Beginnings require beginners -- but the implications that follow from that simple idea are pretty profound.
Our understanding of the way our universe is put together tells us that matter, energy, space and time are all "co-relative." This is actually why the theory we have all probably heard of (but don't really understand) is called "Einstein's General Relativity Theory" ... E=mc^2 and all that.
As he was formulating his theory, Einstein came to the realization that the only way the mathematics would work was if the universe was continuously expanding. At the time, the paradigm for understanding the nature of the universe was that it was "static" (unchanging) and "eternal" (it had always been here). Things were moving around inside it but the universe as a whole was like a big blob of stuff that had always been just like it is right now. Because he "knew" this, Einstein decided his theory had to be fixed -- and he inserted a constant into the equation to cancel out the expansion. In 1929, when the actual expansion was confirmed by Hubble, Einstein removed the constant and later called its insertion the greatest mistake of his professional life. The realization that the universe is continuously expanding has been refined and verified in dozens of different ways ever since.
And cosmologists have fought it ever since because, if you run the clock backward, there comes a point where time begins, space is has zero volume, matter and energy emerge. In other words, there is the implication of a beginning, and therefore the Beginner that atheistic/naturalistic scientists abhor.
Don't be afraid of the idea that the atheist astronomer, Fred Hoyle, mocked this idea by labeling it "The Big Bang." He did that because he despised what the "Big Bang" stood for ... God.
The "Big Bang" doesn't identify who that God is -- we need other evidence for that -- but don't ever discount the fact that it is on the Christian's side as a powerful indicator that when the Bible starts off with the words, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth," the science of cosmology echoes those words exactly.
Other Blog Posts
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Bang (Part 1)?
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Bang (Part 2)?